Looking back on 2017

It is almost the end of the year. I don’t know about you but I am pretty excited for New Years’ Eve. This year I am spending it with my friends, as usual, but this time we are with a bigger group. We’ll come together to have dinner and drinks, and later in the night we are going to our favorite bar in town. It’s not a huge party like ones I’ve been to before, where pretty much the whole city goes to. It’s a more exclusive party. People who go there often will be there. That means you’ll know pretty much everyone which I think makes it so much better.

A lot of people look back on the year 2017 and are very negative. I get it, a lot of bad things happened in the world this year, which affected all of us. But does that mean we all individually didn’t have any exciting moments which we can look back on? And does this mean we didn’t learn anything about ourselves and for ourselves? I know I had a pretty good year when I look back. I feel like I’ve learned so much about myself. That is also what I want to talk about in this blog post.

Working hard and doing your best is all you can do.
I’ve talked about this a few times before. I’ve struggled with my studies. I am not the best student when it comes to studying and making exams. It is not that I don’t understand anything, it’s that I couldn’t find the right way for me to study. This led to me having to do a lot of resits which is so frustrating. If everything went the way it was supposed to go, I would’ve graduated in the summer. But then that’s the thing. I’ve learned to believe that the way things worked out now is the way it is supposed to go for me. I am still on the right path. I am not staying in one place, I am moving forward. It’s just that it takes me a little more time than others, and that’s fine. As long as you know for yourself that you’re doing everything you can, you know you’re doing everything right.

Appreciation and perspective.
Coming back on the topic of 2017 being a bad year when it comes to all the bad things that happened in the world, I want to say that I’ve also learned from that. I am not an ignorant person. I know exactly what is going on in the world, and I know I am so incredibly fortunate in so many things. I am healthy, I have a roof over my head, I always have food and water, I live in a safe environment, I have a good education and many opportunities, I have my family and friends. I have all these basic things in life that we all take for granted. Whenever I feel like I am struggling with something or I feel that everything seems to be falling apart, I take a step back to take everything into perspective. It shows that your problems aren’t first world problems, and it’ll all be fine after a while. Looking back at times that seemed so hard at the moment, I always realize that is wasn’t even that big of a deal. Learning to think like this makes me feel like I have grown.

Of course there are more things I’ve learned, but I think these are the two things that made everything else I did different. With a good mindset you can go so many places. When you know what you have in life and appreciate that, you’ll be happier than when you think of all the things you don’t have. I will continue to think like this and work as hard as I possibly can in 2018.

XO

chantal

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